(May 11, 2011)
Wall Street Journal
Shell has invested 3.5 billion in its Alaska offshore exploration program, but has yet to drill a single well there. Legal and regulatory challenges have set their plans back, especially in the wake of last year’s BP spill. However, the White House is becoming increasingly involved in the decision of whether to allow drilling, and Shell’s US President, Marvin Odum, states that he is more confident than ever that Shell will get all of the permits they need to start drilling in Alaska’s arctic seas by next year. In his Natural Resources Defense Council Blog, On Offshore Drilling, Voices of Reason, Bob Keefe challenges the popular claim that more drilling will decrease oil prices in the US and cites some expressed risks of such drilling in the US.
(May 9, 2011)
New York Times
The idea of capturing carbon dioxide directly from the air has interested those looking for solutions to fight global warming for some time. A new study by the American Physical Society finds that pulling carbon from the air is technically possible, but casts doubt on whether such an option will ever be economically viable. It is 7-8 times less expensive to capture emissions from a coal plant than to reclaim them from the air once released.
(April 25, 2011)
U.S. Department of the Interior
“This report assesses climate change risks and how these risks could impact water operations, hydropower, flood control, and fish and wildlife in the western United States. The report to Congress represents the first consistent and coordinated assessment of risks to future water supplies across eight major Reclamation river basins, including the Colorado, Rio Grande and Missouri river basins.” Full Report (pdf, 3.54 mb)
The Road To Clean Air: Public Health and Global Warming Benefits of Advanced Clean Car Standards (pdf 1.2 mb)
American Lung Association
In a study of how cars and trucks affect air quality in CA, the American Lung Association is presses California regulators to raise fuel economy standards for cars to about 64 miles per gallon by 2025. The group shows that about half of all the carbon emissions and air pollution in the state, which has some of the worst air pollution pockets in the country, come from transportation.